Friday marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of AmeriCorps. Over two decades and spanning three presidential administrations, AmeriCorps has built a legacy of high-impact and cost-effective national service that has united and strengthened communities and mobilized a generation of citizens.
President Obama should feature national service in his 2015 State of the Union Address, requesting in his final two budgets sufficient funding to put AmeriCorps back on the trajectory a bipartisan Congress authorized.
The journey of a thousand miles may begin with a single step – but for more than 900,000 AmeriCorps alumni, the journey of a lifetime of se...
AmeriCorps, the nation's domestic national service program, celebrates its 20th anniversary. At a White House ceremony, and events nationwide -- new recruits will raise their right hand and take the AmeriCorps pledge "to get things done for America."
In the aftermath of 9/11, we saw the volunteerism rate in the U.S. jump to 28.8 percent, support of governmental institutions was high, and many Americans felt connected to one another. But, moments of national unity can be transient.
Prior to 9/11, our reaction to national emergency had been national service. Regrettably, the reaction to our last great national emergency has been a decade-plus of war devoid of any collective responsibility as citizens.
I had to smile when a colleague emailed that she had to work from home that day because she needed to wait for the plumber. She's a virgin home owner, which is to say that when she and her husband bought their first house just a few months ago, she hadn't a clue what bidding adieu to a landlord meant. Mostly what it means is that you spend a lot of time waiting for plumbers.
Each year, I sit here on September 11th and feel a deeper sense of grief as the stories I learn feel closer and closer to me. The stories only grow stronger in quantity and in depth; and every year I can't seem to shake it.
Millennial social entrepreneurs, impact investors, and policymakers are forging a different path forward on national service, creating a new space for "post-partisanship" -- that is, instead of left or right, the best of both worlds.
Today, less than 1 percent serve in the U.S. military. Expanding national service to include more civilian service opportunities would increase the number of Americans who experience putting a mission first and sacrificing for the greater good.
It's impossible to forget the moment when I realized finding myself was less about finding a career, and actually about discovering my purpose. For me, that moment was on September 11, 2001.
As a high school student, I have often heard accusatory comments that so-and-so is only involved with social activism or a service project because "she wants to put it on her resume" or "he just wants to gain admission to college."
Next time you volunteer, donate money or simply conduct a random act of kindness, take to social media and share it using #GoodCitizen. Don't do this to brag about what a good citizen you are, but to inspire others to do something.
Gulen places a great importance on the interdependence of individuals, communities, nations and systems on one another. Each fundamental unit within any system plays a role and has an inexplicable effect -- small or great -- on every other unit within such a system.
Kindness runs in Blair Israel's blood. As a young girl, Blair and her triplet brothers, Brett and Blake, were told stories about how her grandmother and grandfather took homeless people off the streets and welcomed them into their home in Ohio.
In 2013, I began giving a seed grant every single day of the year to a social change visionary with a practical plan to make their community and the w...